Otago Polytechnic

 School of Design



Designers find innovative solutions to material, social and ecological problems. We are creative, confident and contribute to change. Immerse yourself in an innovative and supportive environment which allows you to engage in real-world projects, develop your individual voice as a designer and learn how to work in a design team. Take advantage of our strong international relationships, award-winning teaching expertise and first-rate facilities.

  • Architectural Studies

    Shape the world around you with this hands-on and creative programme.


  • Communication Design

    Tell stories through image, text, sound, moving image and interactive media.


  • Fashion Design

    Become a skilled, industry-ready fashion professional. 


  • Product Design

    Learn how to develop meaningful products and systems.


  • Postgraduate

    About to graduate in Design and wondering what to do next?


  • Short courses

    Check out our range of design short courses.



What's on 

Employers love our design graduates as they're innovative, hard-working, solution-focused and industry-ready.

Develop and showcase your creative talent through competition entry, seminars and the end-of-year student exhibitions, ‘Debrief’ and ‘Collections’. 

We give our students plenty of 'real-world' opportunities and Dunedin is a place that encourages innovation and creativity, and nurtures and supports business start-ups. It is a city known for its unique and distinctive style – come and be part of it!

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